Bell's Rye Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Rye StoutBell's Rye Stout
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Bell's Rye StoutBell's Rye Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbub6f on 12-11-2001

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Ratings: 426 |  Reviews: 317
Photo of evanackerman
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this seems almsot like Bell's version of an Irish Dry Stout, it is lighter in body and flavor than all their other stouts that i've tried.

beer pours a dark brown, almost standard porter color, with a nice head that is still there half way through.

aroma is standard stout aroma with a hint of black olives.

flavor is roasted barley with a hint of black olives, strange but not bad.
overall though, the flavor is a bit weak.

mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side for a stout. very dry finish.

drinkability is high, this one goes down easy.

overall, not bad but not something i have any desire to return to, especially at Bell's prices.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was purchased at the party source for $1.90. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dead black. There is no opaqueness to light. The head is nearly three fingers high with a creamed coffee coloration. The head seemed to last forever. The lacing was like pancake batter on the side of my glass.

Smell: The beer has a lightly roasted grainy smell. The beer has a medium roasted cafe mocha smell.

Taste: The beer has a very pleasing cafe mocha base. The beer has supporting vanilla and chared grainy taste. The beer has a bit of cloves coming along with hop bitterness. The beer taste nice but I cannot find the rye.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The beer has a clinging oilyness that helps the flavor linger. This is a very good beer treat. I just have one question where is the rye?

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a black/brown with the ruby hue round the bottom, with a thickish one inch head dissapating to a thin foam, lacing that hangs around for a bit, falling in bubbles down the glass. Aroma is of roasted malts, a darkish chocolate and a faint bready something that just must be rye I suppose. A rather nice mouth, smooth and warm and dry. Tastes of a rich, almost subdued roasted malt with chocolate tones, and where the nose was faintly bready the taste is fainly wood-like. Most perplexing, yet highly enjoyable, I'm going to have to go pick this up for another go-round.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep, dark brown...almost black with a light brown head that diminishes to a thick ring. Leaves a nice amount of lacing when sipped down.

The aroma is of mixed grains. I get oats and grains and what must be rye. I haven't had to many beers with rye, but I'm guessing that is what I smell. I get toasted malt and chocolate smell too.

The flavor is a bit tangy, with what must be the rye again. It has a slight chocolate taste too, along with some roasted grains. It has just a slight sourness typical of the Bell's yeast, or it just might be the tanginess of the rye.

It is pretty light in body and creamy smooth in texture. Damn this one goes down easy. I really like this. I'd love to have this on tap.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black impression; glints of ruby at bottom, edges, and throughout. Head is hide-colored, modest, but with exemplary cling.

Nose is filled with a slight rye twang and powdered cocoa. My mind also instantly conjures up freshly baked German Dark Rye Bread. A slightly metallic maltiness pokes through the roast also.

This is one of the most flat-out smooth and well-balanced stouts around. Downright sessionable, or so it seems - I had no clue that this was nearing 7% alcohol.

The mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer is incredible too, smooth and schwillable but with plenty of flavor to boot.

I see this as a great every-day (read: mellow) stout that could work wonders as a newbie-converter.

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Photo of Winter
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/near black with a brownish tan head. Full-bodied mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Nothing really special on the nose. As it warms a chocolate and rye or grain-like aroma emerges. This is a hearty rye stout. It's almost chewy. Nuttiness and dark malt are noticed, but it's a hard taste to describe. Hops balace nice with the rye flavor. Great beer to pair with a German dark wheat bread during lunch. Or any other hearty sandwich. Not something I'd drink everyday, but a beer I feel would accentuate certain foods.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2-5-06.

Appearance- Pours a one finger hazelnut head with poor retention but still leaves a film on the brew. Color is a dark brown slash mahogany with a few reddish highlights when hld to the light.

Smell- A dry chocolate mixed with a hint of sweet rye bread and roasty malts.

Taste- Only a little dry malt flavor on the sides of tongue with the chocolate, hops and rye making their appearance on the center of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- A little dry and chocolatey. But the entire palate is covered with flavor.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Jet black body, hard to entice much of a head from this beer.

Smell: A very cereal grain scent is met with a roasted/burnt smell. Smells rich and malty.

Taste: Burnt grain with a very small amount of hops, mostly roasted malt and a good amount of chocolate make up this flavor. Very different.

Mouthfeel: Too thin, not enough carbonation. Drinks like a glass of skim milk.

Drinkability: Not my favorite stout, even among bell's products. I can appreciate that they tried something different, though.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Columbus back a few weeks ago. Tried in concert with the Double cream stout, and liked this one a lot better. Poured pretty black with the nice tan head and lacing. Loads of coffee on the nose.
Creamy, sugared coffee flavor comes in first, but is mellowed with a very nice rye finish. I dug the dry/sweet mix and thought rye should be tossed into more stouts.
Worth having several.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black/brown, small tan head forms, some nice lacing. Smell is roasty, with some rye spice, wheat, caramel, and a little citrus. Taste is roasty chocolate and coffee, caramel, some citrus and rye spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Nicely done, first for me for a rye stout. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of maddamish
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can a stout be both dry and sweet at the same time? Well this one was. The appearance was a bit watery and the head on the stout wasn't that impressive.The body was thick and creamy. Very nice!

Rye, Sugar and coffee with more than a hint of dryness. The aroma included coffee and a hint of dark fruits. Not a terribly complex beer but for what it does, it does well. I will be picking up more of these in the future.

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Photo of bahumutx
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with ruby highlights. Has a very small brown head.

Smell: Sweet, roasted malt, coffee, and rye.

Taste: Starts of with a rye then moves on to a roasted malt and coffee. End with a great sweetness that balances out the roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thicker mouthfeel

Drinkability: I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Yet another good beer from Bells Brewing. This is a good stout and I like the unique rye taste. Keep up the great work!!!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Rye Stout pours out a nearly black color with a head that quickly fades away. The aroma is a burnt roastiness but with a slightly carboard-like smell behind it. Rye flavor is quite apparent. Nutty, roasted grain. Like the aroma, there's something in the flavor that reminds me of cardboard. A little bit of chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is medium. No sign of the alcohol. This beer underwhelmed me, but I had high expectations from Bell's, the "King of Stouts".

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Photo of fisherman34
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost black in colour with medium carbonation. Malty aroma with suggestions of coffee, milk chocolate, molasses and berry fruit. Flavor wise, the milk chocolate aspect becomes dominant, but some and spicy rye notes also become aparent along with other toasted grain nuances. Huge mouthfeel to this one. Very enjoyable, but perhaps a shade less forcefull than the Kalamazoo stout.

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Photo of isubsmith
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, bordering on black. Opaque. Light, foamy tan head which quickly dissipated.

Smell: Roasted malts, hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Some burnt, smokey rye smells.

Taste: Interesting... Definate rye tastes up front. Roasted coffee tastes. Some sweet molasses like flavor near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a bit thin for a stout, but generally good medium body.

Drinkability - Not bad. Worth a try at least.

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Photo of murrayswine
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rather underwhelming.
This beer pours a stoutlike brown. No shit eh?
The smell is like corroded batteries, white pepper, and an ashtray.
There's a little hop bitterness as well.
The taste is sour and metalic. Rather boring beer. It's really watery, and I cant get past the smell.

Battlekow says I'm wrong and that this beer is Awesome.
Piss on that.

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Photo of nortmand
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown copper pour, almost no head.

Roast in the nose, but like virtually every other Bell's beer, yeast is dramatically dominate. Stale popcorn.

Astringency throughout. Sweet in the front of the tongue and in the aftertaste. A little but of that metallic rye character in the back of the tongue. Other than that, rye takes a definite backseat.

Medium body, but king of greasy on the tongue, fairly drinkable. About what I've come to expect from Bell's. Average.

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Photo of Skidz
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright copper brown and sits deep rosewood in the glass with a thick creamy brown head, fading to a light skim with some nice lacings around the glass.

Smells of rich caramel and coffee with spongy, acidic hints of rye. Deeply roasted and gives off light hints of cocoa.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, caramel flavors dominate. Roastiness sets in, providing some flavors of coffee, chocolate and rye. Hop bitterness is mild to moderate, providing some balance overall. Finishes with mild peppery flavors and a faint alcoholic warmth.

Luciously smooth in the mouth with a light and fine carbonation in a full body. Really pads down in the mouth.

This is solid drinking all the way. Can't put down the classicly smooth mouthfeel and totally balanced flavors.

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Photo of DrJay
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, nearly black, but really more of a clear, deep ruby. A short tan head of fine bubbles appeared after a fairly aggressive pour. Great lacing. The aroma is very roasted with a bitter coffee character. Kind of caramel sweet and chocolatey too. Milk chocolate and roasted flavour, mild bitterness, with a bit of spice and a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. Full, creamy body with low carbonation. Luxurious texture. Another high quality stout from Bell's.

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Photo of jaluria
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a black, opaque color with a cream colored head that was covered with small, clear bubbles. Aromas of dark chocolate, alcohol, grains, and roasted malt. The taste followed the scent with a semi-sweet chocolate flavor that melted into grainy, hoppy flavors. Hop bitterness is apparent throughout each and every sip. Subtle sour & bitter tastes in the finish. Quite flavorful and drinkable. Somewhat chewy texture with added thickness in my mouth.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Great Stout from Bell's. Right up there with the Kalamazoo Stout. Pours out to a dark as night black color with a nearly violently formed head of brown / tan foam. Medium low carbonation. Lots of lace. Aromas of rye, wheat, grain, malt and roasting meat are unique and enjoyable. Taste is medium full bodied and totally quaffable; dried sugar cane, roasted malt, grainy rye, some bread and biscut notes, touches of dark chocolate. Best flavor in an American Stout i've had. Mouthfeel was medium bodied but quite creamy. Very smooth going down. Very drinkable at 6.7% ABV. Could be a sessioner. Definitly Recommended.

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Photo of doubleshovels
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this Rye Stout I thought it was ok. I found its sharp rye notes haunting me. I had to go back for a second. It pours a brillant cocoa from the bottle and rest a rusty black in the glass. Besides the distinct Rye flavor upfront, I truely enjoy the alkaline mouthfeel and clean finish.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last time I tried this was in 2003 and with the brewery location change, thought I would give this another try. I don't know if they brew this in the Kzoo or Comstock location...I was told at the brewery about 3 years ago that the seasonals would still be brewed at the Kzoo location but I don't know if that's true anymore. Re-reviewing it in 2009, I don't feel the need to change my review. It's still accurate.

At any rate, this one pours out a little lighter in color than the Kzoo stout, with some mahogany accents at the margin of the glass, requiring a steep pour to achieve a soapy dark khaki head with average retention and mild lacing. The aroma is punctuated by espresso, wheat bread, black walnuts, chocolate and a touch of sour house flavor and cigarettes. The mouthfeel is much thinner than kzoo stout but also smoother, giving it a deceptive medium-light body. The taste has a brief flash of dark bread, but not "bready" in the negative sense. The rye lends a surprising acidity, but it's never irritating. Chalk lingers in the finish...I would guess that they have to add minerals to offset the inherit difficulties of brewing with rye. I pick up some of that "Wheat Love" burnt rubber sourness in the aftertaste. Bitterness is mild and earthy and barely noticeable. The finish is exceptionally clean and brief for a stout. Chocolate is the overwhelming character throughout, although mild.

A good beer, but it doesn't knock off my socks like the last time I had it. I wish it had a heftier body. A 6-pack will be plenty for me. Absolutely must be drunk out of a good glass. Drinking it in the bottle, so much is lost. I'll stick to the Kzoo stout!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black/very dark brown with ruby highlights and a 2 finger brown head.

S - Chocolate, roasted malt, hint of spicy rye.

T - Chocolate, sweet, malty, there is a spicy rye flavor that seems to fade as I drink and the chocolate becomes more prominent.

M - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Not quite as think or chewy as other Bell's stouts. Slight lingering sweetness.

D - Enjoyable stout. The spice of the rye is nice but seemed to fade too quickly.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's delivers again. Very sweet, smooth, creamy, and characterful. About as black as you get with very little light permiating. A thin, dense head remains to the bottom of the glass. Smooth and sweet in the same Oatmeal Stout sort of way. Sweetness depends on big barley additions, roasted grains, and lactose. Smoothness depends on oats and milk sugars. Rye (pumpernickle rye bread) flavors add a grain, earthy, dusty character. A grain-husk bitterness rides into the finish. Lowly hopped and to offset the sweetness only--contributes little to the finish brew. Quite clean in the finish with a light residual milky flavor and texture.

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Bell's Rye Stout from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 71.6% out of 100 with 426 ratings
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